NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (0-0) open their 2014 preseason this week, welcoming the defending NFC North Champion Green Bay Packers (0-0) to LP Field (capacity 69,143). Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 9.
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The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-Channel 2 in Nashville. Cory Curtis will handle play-by-play duties while former Titans running back Eddie George provides analysis. Audra Martin will report from the sidelines.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck and gameday host Rhett Bryan.
FIRST PRESEASON UNDER WHISENHUNT
For the first time, the Titans are led into the preseason by Ken Whisenhunt, who became the 17th head coach in franchise history and the third in the “Titans era” on Jan. 13. He arrives in Tennessee with 17 years of NFL experience as a coach and nine seasons as a player. He got his start in coaching as an assistant at Vanderbilt University from 1995 to 1996.
In 2013, Whisenhunt was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America after a successful one-year stint as offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers. Under his direction, the Chargers had the NFL’s fifth-ranked offense (393.3 yards per game) and the league’s top offense on third down (49.0 percent). Quarterback Philip Rivers’ 105.5 passer rating matched the highest rating of his career and placed fourth among NFL signal callers.
His first stint as a head coach was with the Arizona Cardinals from 2007 through 2012. He won a franchise-record 49 games and led the team to a pair of NFC West titles and their first NFC Championship.
In addition to Whisenhunt, several players are scheduled make their Titans preseason debuts. Early in the offseason, the Titans reached deals with a half-dozen free agents who could figure prominently in the their plans for 2014: Denver linebackers
The Packers are looking to defend their third consecutive division title. In 2013, they battled to an 8-7-1 finish, edging the 8-8 Chicago Bears for first place in the NFC North. The Packers’ season came to an end with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round.
Under head coach Mike McCarthy, they have made the playoffs in six of their last eight seasons. McCarthy’s .637 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks fourth among all active NFL coaches (minimum 60 games).
Aaron Rodgers enters his 10th NFL season and his seventh as Green Bay’s full-time starter at quarterback. The 2011 NFL MVP is the NFL’s all-time career leader in passer rating (104.9).